Faithful Minister (3 of 5) by Stephen Whitney

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Faithful Minister (3 of 5)
Series: II Timothy 3
Stephen Whitney
II Timothy 3:10-11

The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit the car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him.

I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the "Choose Life" license plate holder, the "Follow Me to Sunday-School" bumper sticker and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally . . . I assumed you had stolen the car."

People judge our character by our actions. Our actions show others our real character as we live out our everyday lives.

Proverbs 20:11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

In a world where people believe that their image is what counts, it is our character that determines who we really are and the influence we have on other people.


Timothy had not followed the false teachers, but instead had seen the example of Paul who lived out the truth he claimed to believe.

He had faithfully followed Pau ...

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